Matthew 1:19: Doing the right thing.(please click for todays passage )

This is a brief hiatus in our series on ‘Acts’, but this verse popped into my mind while out on a walk, and I could see its relevance to the Christmas season:

‘’Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public grace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.’’

Here are my thoughts on this:

  • God sees our hearts. He knows those who want to do ‘the right thing’. He saw this virtue in Joseph and had it recorded in His Word. What an honour God has placed on the man;
  • Sometimes, though, wanting to do the right thing, we formulate plans that are not in the will of God. Now, it’s good to live life in a ‘’considered’’ way (20a); not recklessly, thoughtlessly and carelessly. And our thoughts may lead us to do legitimate things; good things; but they may not always be the best We can have handsome looking plans that do not come from heaven;
  • But knowing the heart of Joseph; seeing his desire to do the right thing, the Lord gently directed him into the right paths.With a little adjustment of the ‘steering wheel’ Joseph began to go in the right direction. So the Lord gave him what he, in his heart of hearts most desired. He just wanted to do the right thing.

‘’He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake’’ (Psalm 23:3).

 Prayer: Lord Jesus, Good Shepherd of your sheep, I claim this word for my life today. You know I long to do the right thing. Lead me to do it, for the honouring of your Name.